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NIOSH Testimony on Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices by R. A. Lemen, August 9, 1988.

NIOSH 1988 Aug:7 pages
This testimony summarized information contained in the Proposed Rule on Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices as put forth by OSHA, specifically expanding for clarification the sections dealing with the definition, training, and work practices. While NIOSH agrees that the identification of high risk occupations and industries is important, NIOSH believes that every worker should be trained to identify and respond appropriately to electrical hazards in his or her own workplace. NIOSH also suggests that the training include a written training program administered by a qualified person. In the selection and use of work practices, NIOSH would recommend that this section also include a specific requirement for the inspection of permanently installed electrical equipment, wiring, and connections, similar to that provided in the section dealing with portable electrical equipment. Modifications of the lockout and tagging procedures are suggested. Regarding definitions, NIOSH suggests that the definition for a qualified person be modified to more appropriately apply to the large range of job classifications covered by Part-S. For the buddy system, a NIOSH definition is offered which stresses the requirement that at least two qualified persons be in the immediate area of work being performed, both of whom have current certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division